Original Everest Marathon Newsletter

Dear Visitor,

Here is the collection of Iatest happenings in the world of the OEM. 

OEM regional presentations

There was a good spread of food for the London OEM / CAN lecture as well as a good mix of people from as far afield as the south coast and Birmingham. It was a lovely atmosphere with people getting to know each other and feeling excited about meeting again in Nepal.


Future presentations

Coming to one of the CAN / OEM presentations is a great way to find out more about the marathon and meet some of the team, so do encourage people you know are interested in the OEM to come along to one. At some events we’re going to be providing dinner – Nepali food of course – and showing the film ‘Children of the Snowland,’ an award-winning documentary of life in rural Nepal, the premier of which is at the Curzon Cinema, London on 14th March.

The details for these lectures are also on the home page of the OEM website.

22nd March at Cardiff University

Venue - Maths & Education Building, Senghennydd Road, CF2 4AG
Time - 6.30 – 6.45 Arrive and register.    6.45 – Time to be in your seats.
Cost - This is a FREE EVENT, so bring a water bottle / thermos and feel free to join us afterwards at the Pen &Wig pub  https://www.classicinns.co.uk/penandwigcardiff, for a chat, drink and food

24th April - Hartpury University, Gloucester, GL19 3BE

Venue - MDC 01 Theatre, next to the Red and Black Costa Coffee area
Time - Arrival 6pm – 6.30pm
Food will be served from 6pm – 7pm and there is a bar and coffee shop
In your seats at 7pm for OEM presentation, followed by the film Children of the Snowland
Film ends at 9.10, after which there’s time to talk in the bar.
Cost  -  £15. Please book through alibramall@gmail.com - we need to know numbers for food and seats.

25th April in Sheffield

Venue - Jagged Globe Office, 45 Mowbray Street, Sheffield, S3 8EN
Time - Arrival 6pm – 6.30pm
Catering by the Happy Buddha, served from 6pm – 7pm. Hot drinks & beer and wine.
In your seats at 7pm for OEM presentation, followed by the film Children of the Snowland
Film ends at 9.10 and there’s time for talking after that.
Cost  -  £10. Please book through alibramall@gmail.com - we need to know numbers for food and seats.

OEM practice weekend – 10th 13th May

Venue - Giggleswick School, on the SW edge of the Yorkshire Dales, Settle, BD24 0DE
The weekend is for people who have already signed up to OEM 2019 or anyone who’s considering it. It’s about getting to know other runners and some of the staff team before leaving for Nepal, as well as having input on the skills that will be helpful for the marathon. There will be specific skill sessions, guidance on shoes and gear and for those who want a good, long run; there’s plenty of varied terrain.
Arrival is from 5pm on Friday afternoon and we finish after lunch on Sunday.

You can bring your own camping gear or camper van (limited places) or make use of the schools Cricket pavilion – a shared sleeping space, using either your own sleeping bag and mattress or the schools.
Food will be excellent and plentiful as the school will be providing Friday and Saturday dinner, Saturday and Sunday breakfasts and lunches. 

Having said in the last newsletter that I didn’t expect anyone from outside the UK to make it to the weekend, I was delighted to hear that Heather, who lives on Vancouver Island will be joining us.


The cost for all this is just £100 per person - astonishingly good value! We want to make it available to as many people as possible.
Booking online through https://www.sportident.co.uk/future_events.php

After booking, you’ll receive an email, giving you a list of skills input sessions to sign up for.


Ultra & Trail Running Festival - 13th & 14th April 2019

Giggleswick School in North Yorkshire is hosting the festival. It’s the first of its kind and will be a fabulous event as there is an impressive line-up renowned speakers, in a beautiful part of the country. One of our OEM team leaders, Wendy Dodds will be contributing and the organiser of the festival, Chris Wright, is taking part in the OEM. It’s a great opportunity to come and learn, have fun and meet up with some of the OEM and CAN team.

 To book www.giggleswick.org.uk/ultratrailfest.

Do you want a pre-marathon trek?

Having looked at all the options for adding an extra trekking peak before meeting the group on 15th November, we’ve decided to concentrate on the main job and keep it simple for this year. We can plan well ahead and put something in place for 2020.  For 2019, if you want to extend your time in the mountains, either before or after the OEM, we can give you options for routes that you can trek or run yourselves.

Who’s coming to run?

One of the lovely things about the OEM is the range of people who enter, with different motivations and aspirations.

We have two septuagenarians:

Geoff Wright, a member of Eryri Harriers.  Just before leaving for Nepal, he will be running in a 30 mile trail Ultra. At the age of 70, he’s decided the time has come to do the race he’s always wanted to do. It’s been a lifetime ambition to go to Base Camp and be as close as possible to Everest. He says, ‘I’m really looking forward to the trek, and the company, and to the practice weekend in May.’

Chris Brown took part in the Everest Marathon 30 years ago to raise funds for his own charity. The experience had a profound effect on him, shaping his future by launching him into the world of mountaineering. He subsequently climbed the Seven Summits and raising a huge amount for his charity. This year, he’s coming back to re-run the OEM.

And two Canadian runners:

Adam Campbell, an elite athlete who has been regularly placed on the podium at some of the world's most challenging and competitive mountain races and trail ultra- marathons. https://alpinebureau.com/public/bio.php

Heather Pardon. You can catch up with Heather’s posts in December and January and hear how she’s preparing for November 19.

Keeping warm on the OEM

PHD specialise in extreme warmth and extreme lightness, so if you want to invest in a down jacket, sleeping bag or socks for overnight, this is THE place to go.  https://www.phdesigns.co.uk/
I’m talking to PHD about a special deal for an OEM logoed pullover with hood, so if you’re interested, let me know now.

On the PHD blog, you can read about Jasmin Paris’s amazing Spine Race record – of course she used PHD.  https://phdsthelowdown.wordpress.com/2019/01/23/put-your-back-into-it/

GDPC: Not interested any more?